ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York lawmakers to grant the head of the state police the power to issue administrative subpoenas during investigations into sexual offenses targeting children online.
The Democrat unveiled legislation Tuesday as his administration’s law enforcement officials testified at a hearing in Albany on Cuomo’s public safety portion of his state budget proposal.
Cuomo says his measure would authorize, under state law, the issuance of administrative subpoenas by the state police superintendent during active investigations into internet crimes against children.
State Police Superintendent George Beach II testified at the hearing that the governor’s legislation was aimed at “ever-increasing incidents” of crimes against children carried out over the internet.
Beach says the legislation would allow investigators to act more quickly to capture online data that could lead to a suspect’s arrest.